Monday, September 26, 2011

Review: Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout

  • Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
  • Publication date: 10/15/2011
  • Edition description: Covenant Series
  • Pages: 304


The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi-pure-bloods-have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals-well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures.Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1:Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden.Unfortunately, she's crushing hard on the totally hot pure-blood Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn't her biggest problem—staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is. If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck.

My Review

Where do I even start? Fantastic! Really. I am trying to figure out how to write this review without giving anything away, but still letting you know how awesome of a book it is.  I was pulled in from the very beginning. The story just flowed so well and kept me intrigued the whole time. The character development was wonderful. I enjoyed getting to know all of them.

I love how Alex is so strong mentally and physically. She is one of those kick-ass female characters you absolutely love. She is sarcastic, and reckless at times.  She is very strong-willed, and like a typical teenager makes mistakes and has trouble knowing when to keep her mouth shut, but is very smart and determined. There is no way she is going to let herself be thrown into a life of servitude. She knows that being a Sentinel is what she is meant to do. Alex struggles with training to get back into the covenant, the sadness of losing her mother, why the Apollyon (a half-blood that can control all the elements and is the ultimate daimon killer) is there instead of out fighting daimons, and the feelings she has about Aiden. She knows it's wrong to even think about, but she can't help it.

The romance that developes between Alex and Aiden is very believable. It's not one of those instantly in love things. I enjoyed the dialogue between them, the silly banter, and the nice sweet conversations. The Apollyon, Seth has been brought to the covenant because of something to do with Alex, and when they find out why, they are even more confused at the reasons behind it.

This book is packed with action, mythology (with a twist), some romance, a lot of sarcasm and humor, plot twists, and there's some tear-jerkers for you too. I couldn't helped but be completely into this book. There is never a dull moment. The next book in this series titled Pure comes out in the spring, and I can't wait to see where the story is going! Also there is a prequel titled Daimon that I highly recommend you read before jumping into this.


  1. This book is a favorite of mine!! I was lucky enough to read Pure the 2nd book and the first three chapters of the 3rd book in the series. I guess you could say Jennifer Armentrout is like a God when she writes about Half-Bloods ;)

  2. Thanks so much for the comment. I really did love this book, and I cannot wait for Pure to come out.

  3. My favorite Chapter has to be #16- best chapter EVER, I look forward to her relationship with Aiden, hope it moves further!

    While the ending isn't a cliffhanger, but things are far from settled. Can't wait for the next book. The problem with reading books before they actually come out is having to wait even longer for the next one. The whole read was really great, this is the book to read, Its one of my favorites. I also hope all of you will soon read this because you will love it! You will not be disappointed when you read it!

  4. I loved Half-Blood. I don't even care about the similarities to Vampire Academy. The storyline is interesting and JLA is hilarious. I can't wait to read Pure.

  5. I'm reading this one right now. I'm half way through and just came to a big reveal which I certainly didn't see coming. I'm intrigued and wowed by Seth, the Apollian and wonder what part he's going to play in the story.


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